Health

#FreeBacon Topic Sizzles on Social Media after WHO Meat Report

NEW YORK (Reuters) Bacon lovers took to social media on Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day. Celebrities, politicians and ordinary consumers were reacting

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Clinical Racism

Why some of the world’s most important medications don’t work for minorities BY Lindsey Konkel   Minutes separated Are’Yana Hill from death as she struggled to breathe in the hallway of her San Francisco high school. The 18-year-old had lived with asthma attacks since before she could talk, and on that day, in April 2014, she

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Of Hope, and of IVF

One woman’s story of her struggle to conceive BY Jumana Al-Darwish In solitude, I await my turn calmly. I am in a state of trance. I sit staring out of the blinds in my hospital room. There’s not much longer to go; in less than 20 minutes, the miracle of science will allow three embryos

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From Breakfast in Styrofoam to Styrofoam for Breakfast

To rid the world of plastic dishware, the worm’s the word By Stav Ziv More than 1 million tons of plastic foam cups and plates—most made of polystyrene resin—were discarded in the U.S. in 2013, says the Environmental Protection Agency, and the stuff can languish in landfills for many years. But there may be a

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Arm Mole Count Can Indicate Skin Cancer Risk: Study

People with more than 11 moles on their right arm have a higher-than-average risk of developing skin cancer, according to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology on Monday. Researchers from King’s College London found that counting the number of moles on someone’s right arm can be used to accurately estimate how many moles

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Scottish Nurse Suffering Ebola Complications Shows Improvement

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been upgraded to “serious but stable” condition after suffering complications related to the Ebola virus. The 39-year-old was first diagnosed with Ebola in December 2014 after helping treat those suffering from the disease in Sierra Leone. She was treated for a month at that time. The complications began earlier this

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First Cancer Case Related to Fukushima Diagnosed in Japan

Japan has confirmed that a worker from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which went into meltdown in 2011, is suffering from cancer and is entitled to workplace compensation, AFPreported. A Japanese health ministry official confirmed on Tuesday that the unnamed man in his 40s, who worked at the plant as part of a clean-up operation following

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Infants Experience Touch Differently Than Adults

Experts in early childhood development often tell parents to engage with a newborn through gentle touch and play. Studies find physical interaction with adults facilitates neurodevelopment, and the opposite may cause developmental delays. But it turns out that babies may not experience this type of bonding quite as we were led to believe. New research

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Photos: Clinical Racism in The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Historically, African-Americans, Native Americans and other minorities have been excluded from clinical trials that seek to uncover risk factors for disease and offer life-saving new treatments. The infamous federally funded Tuskegee syphilis experiment—shut down in 1972—denied treatment to hundreds of African-American men suffering from the disease. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was conducted by government-funded researchers from the Tuskegee

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The Racial Discrimination Embedded in Modern Medicine

Minutes separated Are’Yana Hill from death as she struggled to breathe in the hallway of her San Francisco high school. The 18-year-old had lived with asthma attacks since before she could talk, and on that day, in April 2014, she could not speak. She thrust the rescue inhaler she carried in her backpack between her

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